Steve Lampier (Sigma Sport - Specialized) powered to victory in an enthralling race in the final event of the Lincolnshire Championship season held at the Rossington Welfare Ground, promoted by Rossington Wheelers. From start to finish it was a frantic affair with attacks coming thick and fast.
From the start loop around the playing fields a small group formed initially led by Junior rider George Thompson (Sleaford Wheelers), Mark Cotton (Bycka Sport Racing) Rick Lister (gabby Day Cycle Sport RT) and Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor – Sharp) with Lampier not too far behind along with Dieter Droger (Team Cystic Fybrosis).
Lister burst to the front to lead through the woods first lap and emerged ahead with small gaps between the riders behind. Over the playing fields the lead group came together and Lampier made contact and immediately hit the front driving hard at the front. Cotton, Briggs and Thompson reacted to jump on his wheel and form a lead group that would fight out for the win.
Early on it was Briggs (a prolific winner on this course in the past) and Lampier who set the pace as they pushed on around the fields making it difficult for Cotton and Thompson to hang in. Near the end of the 4th lap they were down to 3 as Briggs slid off on a muddy corner. Lampier was at the front and then Cotton moved into the lead for the first time going into the woods where he was able to dig out a small lead on Lampier and Thompson.
Cotton emerged with a 10 second lead with Briggs trying to chase back another 10 seconds behind. This lead would only last a lap and half as Lampier powered around the playing fields to get back into contention with Thompson fighting hard on his wheel. Briggs was still dangling 20 seconds behind but another slide in the mud would end his chances of getting back up to the lead trio.
With 3 laps to go the lead group would split and again in part due to a crash, this time in the woods from Thompson when at the back of the group. Lampier led but was unable to push home an advantage in the woods as again Thompson came fighting back but as he got back Cotton hit the front hard over the planks and forced a gap with Lampier responding well to go with him. With 2 laps to go Cotton was still driving at the front and hit the woods hard emerging with a few seconds lead but this would not be enough. Over the playing fields Lampier powered up to Cotton and straight past.
Cotton tried hard to respond but had little left to claw back the efforts of Lampier who was able to create an advantage and take the bell with 10 seconds in hand. Cotton kept the pressure on and caught some time back through the woods but Lampier was simply too strong and powered around the fields for the final time to take a hard fought victory over Cotton by 15 seconds. Thompson held on to 3rd place 1:56 down but was being caught over the final 2 laps by Briggs who had also been joined by Dieter Droger. These two sprinted in for 4th and 5th with Droger taking it.
In sixth place was Rick Lister just ahead of season rival Jon Wells (VC Lincoln) with another good ride by Duncan Walmsley (Zepnat.com) in eight place and top Vetran.
New Youth Lincolnshire Champion Henry Thompson (Sleaford Wheelers) won the youth race as early leader Tim James (Bourne Wheelers) crashed at the planks while leading. After some time to recover James was back into the race to fight back up to fifth place. Thompson took the win by 34 seconds ahead of Sam Bentley (Bourne Wheelers) and there was another good ride by Tilly Wilks (VC Lincoln) in sixth.
The Under 12’s winner was Jake Norton (Spalding CC) who finished 44 seconds ahead of Kerrigan Robb (Witham Wheelers) with club mate Robert McAndrew (Spalding CC) a further 30 seconds back in third.
1 Steve Lampier Sigma Sport - Specialized 9 laps in 58:15
2 Mark Cotton Bycka Sport Racing at 0:15
3 George Thomspson Sleaford Wheelers 1st Junior at 1:56
4 Dieter Droger Team CF at 2:07
5 Graham Briggs Raph Condor Sharp s.t.
6 Rick Lister Gabby Day Cyclesport RT at 3:22
7 Jon Wells VC Lincoln at 3:32
8 Duncan Walmsley Zepnat RT 1st Vet at s.t.
9 Lawrence FrostAshfield RC at 4:06
10 David Perry Gabby Day Cyclesport RT 2nd Vet at 4:15
11 Graham Clark Time RT 3rd Vetat 5:02
12 Darryl Hewson Alford Wheelers at 5:25
13 Richard Hamblin Sleaford Wheelers at 6:18
14 Jordan Gell VC Lincoln 2nd Junior at 6:41
15 Martin Kennedy VC Lincoln at 7:13
16 Bart Kieres Bourne Wheelers at 1 lap
17 Gavin Hardwicke Ashfield RC
18 John Wilkinson Moonglu RT 4th Vet
19 Mark Preston VC Lincoln
20 Mark RobinsonSheffrec CC 1st 50+
21 Mervyn DudleySherwood Pines CC 2nd 50+
22 Martin MacGregor VC Lincoln
23 Sam MullengerVC Lincoln
24 Andy Faichney CRC Hull 5th Vet
25 Phil Heyes Skegness Wheelers
26 Theo Brumhead Exeter University
27 James Gelsthorpe Bourne Wheelers
28 Shane Norton Spalding CC 6th Vet
29 Jody Bett VC Lincoln
30 Steve Potter Lindsey Roads 3rd 50+
31 George Hackney Lincoln Wheelers
32 Craig Turner Sherwood Pines CC 4th 50+
33 Jamie Buchanan
34 Bary Gray VC Lincoln
35 Diane Lee Zepnat RT 1st Lady
36 Adam De Smit VC Lincoln 3rd Junior
37 Andrew Lawson Lincsquad 5th 50+
38 Gavin Sykes VC Lincoln 7th Vet
39 Matt Bishop Lincoln Wheelers
40 Adrew Fraser VC Lincoln
41 Ian Fensom Spalding CC 6th 50+
42 Gavin HodgsonHarworth & District CC
43 Chris Morrey Doncaster Wheelers 8th Vetat 2 laps
44 Karl Brown 7th 50+
45 Simon Santry Spalding CC 9th Vet
46 Graham McAndrew Spalding CC 10th Vet
47 Terry Biesty Scunthorpe Poly 1st 60+
48 John Bateman Vegatarian C and A 8th 50+
49 Jodie Brumhead Cottingham Coureurs 2nd Lady
50 Joe Weston
51 S Randall Rossington Wheelers 11th Vet
52 Andrew Calpin Lincsquad
53 John Dowell Heanor Clarion 2nd 60+
54 Dave Miller Lincoln Wheelers 12th Vet at 3 laps
55 Richard Lunt Rossington Wheelers
56 Gary Milory Zepnat RT
57 Tony Jones Rossington Wheelers 13th Vet
1 Henry Thompson Sleaford Wheelers 5 laps in 32:40
2 Sam Bentley Spalding CC at 0:34
3 Sian Botteley Bourne Wheelers 1st Girl at 1:25
4 Jake Peel Spalding CC at 1:50
5 Tim James Bourne Wheelers 1st U14at 1:51
6 Tilly Wilks VC Lincoln 2nd Girl at 2:45
7 Campbell Pollock Bourne Wheelers at 3:48
8 Aaron Bateman Bourne Wheelers 2nd U14 at 4:01
9 George Baker Kings Cliffe Flyers at 4:17
10 Max Williamson Lincsquad 3rd U14 at 4:18
11 James Armstrong VC Lincoln 4th U14 at 4:19
12 Jennifer McAndrew Spalding CC 3rd Girlat 5:31
13 Alex Poole Heanor Clarion 5th U14 at 6:43
14 Maddie Gammons Bourne Wheelers 4th Girl, 5th U14 at 8:35
15 Robbie Sturdy Lincsquad 7th U14 at 8:56
16 Reece Moradakhan Spalding CC 8th U14 at 8:57
17 Louise Beedham Lincsquad 5th Girl, 9th U14 at 1 lap
18 Luke Fraser VC Lincoln 10th U14
19 Jack Bunn VC Lincoln 11th U14
1 Jake Norton Spalding CC 9 laps in 10:51
2 Kerrigan Robb Witham Wheelers at 0:44
3 Robert McAndrew Spalding CC at 1:11
4 Max Poole Lincsquad at 1:19
5 Bradley SprogisVC Lincoln at 1 lap
6 Jacob Santry Spalding CC
7 Will Faichney CRC Hull
8 James Broughton VC Lincoln
9 Christopher Hilbert VC Lincoln at 2 laps
10 Daniel Turner VC Lincoln
11 Abigail Armsrong VC Lincoln 1st Girl
12 Oliver Sawyer VC Lincoln
13 Alex Armstrong VC Lincoln &nb